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Nursing Home Neglect
It is never an easy decision when a family member or close friend has to decided it is time to sell their parent’s home and move him and/or her into a nursing home facility. They may worry their parents may see it as taking away their freedom or that’s the last place you live before you pass away. But when a parent can no longer care for themselves and is unable to perform basic things like standing on their own, using the restroom without help or taking correct medication dosages, it may be time to consider a nursing home for the benefits of the expert care provided.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), it is estimated that about two million Americans over the age of 65 reside in one of over 16,000 nursing homes here in the United States. And while many, probably most, of the facilities are wonderful, filled with caregivers and nurses who love their patients and treat them with respect and genuine caring, unfortunately that is not true everywhere, and the patients fall victim to neglect and other forms of abuse.
The attorneys at the Eshelman Legal Group realize this is a delicate subject matter. After all, it was hard enough moving your loved one to a nursing facility in the first place, and then to realize that they have been subjected to abuse or neglect can make you feel guilty. But we are here to tell you we can help. And once the abuse is recognized, we can get it stopped, not just for your loved one, but also for others that may have experienced the same thing.
We hear about places that leave the patients alone for too long, so they lie there in their own urine...personal hygiene neglect. Or more commonly, we hear about patients getting bedsores from not being moved. But the attorneys at the Eshelman Legal Group explain that neglect like that is not the only type you can suffer from. (Warning, some of this may be disturbing read.)
Physical Abuse ...Sadly, there have been cases where nursing home residents have been physically abused. This intentional infliction of harm includes, but is not limit to, excessive restraining (use of straps or chains), punching, kicking and withholding medications or food. There may be physical evidence (unexplained bruises, sores, broken bones, overdose of medication, malnourished). There may also be a reluctance by the staff to let you see the patient or be alone to talk to them.
Emotional Abuse ...Ignoring a patient’s requests or instilling fear or anxiety in them is also abuse. It doesn’t show up on the body like a big bruise, but it is just as bad. Having so much mental anguish can cause an elderly person to get physical ailments that they would not have gotten had they been in a happier state of mind. As with physical abuse, the caregivers may not want to allow you “alone time” with your loved one for fear they may say something.
Sexual Abuse ...Because it is so disturbing, it is often not talked about by the patient so a relative must look for signs such as complaints about injury around genitalia or breasts, unexplained vaginal bleeding, the contraction of an STD, or stained or torn bedsheets. Sexual abuse is not limited to the physical aspects either, a patient may be asked (or made) to undress in front of another caregiver or staff member. In cases like this, besides contacting a nursing home abuse lawyer at the Eshelman Legal Group, they suggest contacting the local law enforcement also.
These are all sad situations to become entangled in, but the truth of the matter is that not everyone is a good person. When you place a loved one in a nursing home, you are entrusting that facility to take care of him. And on that note, if you feel you or a loved one has fallen victim to any of these nursing home neglects or abuses, please entrust us with your claim. Our dedicated professionals have over 45 years of experience and it would be our pleasure and duty to help you and to help make the conditions safer for every resident at the nursing home involved.
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